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  • Hallyu: Riding the Korean Wave

    Posted by AC Team

    Hallyu: Riding the Korean Wave
    If you know Rain, BoA (shown left), and Sistar, then you already know K-Pop, Korea’s contemporary pop music and its artists. K-Pop music is one of the fastest growing music genres in the world, and along with Korea’s popular TV drama serials, films and comic books are a growing source of export revenue for Korea.   The growing global fan base of Korea's entertainment and...

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  • Happy 70th Birthday to Ben Fong-Torres!

    Posted by Suzanne Kai

    January 7, 2015 HAPPY 70th BIRTHDAY BEN! and HAPPY BIRTHDAY wishes to Jann Wenner, publisher and co-founder of Rolling Stone who is 69 today! Best wishes for many happy and healthy years to come! Ben and Jann are looking at photos of themselves from the early days when Rolling Stone started in San Francisco. As super busy as Ben is, he has graciously contributed commentary to our pages here at AsianConnections.com since 2000. Thank you! This photo was taken at Rolling Stone's offices in New York by Pulitzer prize-winning photographer and former staff photographer for the New York Times, Marilynn K. Yee for our feature documentary currently in production LIKE A ROLLING STONE: The LIfe & Times of Ben Fong-Torres.          ...
  • Still Few Leading Roles for Asian Actors in Hollywood Movies - But the Star is Rising for Randall Park and Miyavi

    Posted by Suzanne Kai

    Hollywood Asian American actors are still largely missing from the big screen in major roles. A year-end wrap up shows small gains for major movie roles for Asian American actors in Hollywood. Even for Asian actors who are not American, major roles in a current Hollywood movie are scarce. First time actor Takamasa Ishihara from Japan made the most of his opportunity. Ishihara, a 33 year old singer, songwriter, guitarist and record producer known to his fans as Miyavi gave a chilling break-out performance as the brutal sergeant in Angelina Jolie's film "Unbroken." Ishihara's role as Sergeant Matsuhiro Watanabe was so intense, he told Vanity Fair's Natalie Finn "It's a story that is still painful for my country," ... "But she (Director Angelina Jolie) told me she wanted to make...
  • 1910-2014 Luise Rainer Academy Award-winner played Chinese servant "O-Lan" in "The Good Earth"

    Posted by Suzanne Kai

    December 30, 2014 London Luise Rainer, the German-born actress who won an Academy Award for her starring role as the Chinese servant "O-Lan" in the 1937 movie "The Good Earth," died of pneumonia today at her home in London at age 104. Luise Rainer was cast in the leading role as the Chinese servant "O-Lan" over other actors including Anna May Wong. Rainer was an Academy Award-winning actress for her role in MGM's "The Great Ziegfeld" one year earlier in 1936. In 1937, Rainer won the Academy Award for Best Actress for her role in "The Good Earth" becoming the first actress to win consecutive Best Actress Academy Awards. A well known actress in Europe, she was recruited to Hollywood by MGM in 1935, but her career in Hollywood was short-lived and she returned to Europe after disputes with MGM st...
  • Top Chef Shirley Chung launches her exciting restaurant today in Irvine, California!

    Posted by Suzanne Kai

    December 10, 2014 Chef Shirley Chung's TWENTY EIGHT Modern Chinese Cuisine Lounge and Restaurant 19530 JAMBOREE ROAD, IRVINE, CA  http://TwentyEightOC.com Congratulations to Top Chef Shirley Chung! Today marks the launch of new, exciting cuisine in Orange County, California with the grand opening of her highly anticipated restaurant TWENTY EIGHT: Modern Chinese Cuisine. Trained in classic French and Italian cuisine and born and raised in Beijing, China, Chef Shirley Chung's extraordinary style of cooking "without borders" can now be showcased at her very own restaurant located in Irvine, California. The beautiful restaurant occupies the ground floor of a complex adjacent to Orange County's Google headquarters, and is nearby to the University of California Irvine and Newport Beach. Che...

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